Kristian Rowan, an athlete from Monongalia County, was selected as one of two Big 12 Conference Special Olympics Athletes of the Year for 2015. Each season, two athletes are selected among the states in the Big 12 footprint for their outstanding participation in and advocation of Special Olympics. Kristian, along with Jonathan Blackmon of Special Olympics Texas, will travel to Kansas City for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship to receive commemorative rings in an on-court presentation during the championship game.

Kristian has participated in Special Olympics West Virginia for the past 10 years. She competes in track and field, bowling, volleyball and cheerleading, and has won several gold, silver and bronze medals along with ribbons in recognition of her athletic accomplishments.

March 21-22, Morgantown, West Virginia

Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) is pleased to announce the 2015 Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament will be held March 21-22 in Morgantown.  We hope your schedule will allow you to serve as a volunteer. The venues we are using are the WVU Student Recreation Center and Morgantown High School.

Special Olympics would not exist today without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you.  We hope your schedule will allow you to volunteer at this fun event. If so, please indicate your desire to volunteer by completing a Volunteer Schedule, and a Volunteer Application.

On behalf of the Special Olympics West Virginia staff and the 2015 Basketball / Cheerleading Management Team, THANK YOU for your support .  If you have any questions, you may to contact me anytime at 304-345-9310, or by email at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please feel free to copy this announcement and the Volunteer Application/Schedule for dissemination.  We look forward to working with you to provide a memorable experience for you and our Special Olympics West Virginia Athletes.

You can download the Volunteer Application and Volunteer Schedule below (both required).

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Several Special Olympics West Virginia athletes recently participated in Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol.  It was an opportunity for the athletes along with Board members and staff to visit with legislators and others to discuss all of the good things happening with the organization and to express thanks for the longstanding support.  A highlight of the day for the athletes was a visit with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

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Michael Bush is an attorney with Bowles Rice LLP in Morgantown and a member of the board of directors of Special Olympics of West Virginia.

Advocates remind us this October to look at the person before the disability. By White House Proclamation President Obama declares, “During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.” This year's theme: “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

More than 550 athletes throughout West Virginia have started training for the Special Olympics West Virginia Fall Games to be held in Parkersburg the weekend of October 10-12.  The athletes, representing 30 counties, will showcase their courage and abilities as they compete in bowling, volleyball, flag football, and football skills over the course of three days. 

To make sure these athletes have a wonderful experience, more than 225 volunteers are needed throughout this fun weekend.  Parkersburg South High School will host the volleyball and football competitions, with bowling taking place at Pike Street Lanes.  If you would like to volunteer for all or a portion of the event, please fill out the Fall Games Volunteer Registration and Volunteer Application through the links below or call Kellie Aikman at the Special Olympics West Virginia office at 304-345-9310.

Fans from the community are welcome to attend Fall Games and inspire the athletes to do their best.

The athletes' participation in Fall Games is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Wendy's, Foodland, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

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Upcoming Events

Winter Sports Classic, January 25, Canaan Valley
Northern Regional Basketball Tournament, February 3, Buckhannon
Southern Regional Basketball Tournament, February 17, Beckley
State Basketball Tournament, March 16-17, Morgantown


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